Is your child ready for kindergarten?
The Cleveland Public Library offers programs and resources to help parents and guardians prepare their youngest learners for school. Its resource list includes an early learning guide, kindergarten readiness assessment, and frequently asked questions about kindergarten. Parents also are encouraged to check out a list of recommended reads from the library’s Youth Services Department.
Prefer to watch a video? Families can introduce their children to the joys of reading through virtual storytime any time on cpl.org. Library staff, elected officials, journalists and other celebrities recorded some favorite children’s books. In partnership with The Music Settlement, little readers can explore books and storytelling through music and singing during Read to the Beat, part of the Library’s Summer Lit League summer reading program weekly themes.
For parents who prefer a more hands-on approach, CPL is offering a virtual Kindergarten Club this summer. Kindergarten Club began June 22 for children ages 4 to 6 entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020. The nine-week class will teach kids about caring and sharing, independence building, counting, alphabets, and more. Young learners and their favorite adult are expected to attend one session a week. Classes are held online via Zoom and over the phone at the following dates and times:
|Kindergarten Club Meeting Schedule|
|Monday 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.|
|Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
There are educational activities for the adults too. Early Childhood Specialists will host discussions for families to offer tools and information on how to help their emerging scholar at home. Each registered family will receive a Kindergarten Readiness kit containing books and support materials. Families also can earn prizes such as books, school supplies and a Dave’s gift card.
Families interested in Kindergarten Club can register here or by calling 216-623-7114.